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-terrorist official tells the u.s. to focus -- economic targets like banks and stock exchanges. at the same time, developments on the battlefields in afghanistan and pakistan that are linked to the plot, apparently. here are key points. authorities say a german citizen of afghan descent is in custody spelling out the terror plan, like the terror plot in mumbai that killed 164 people two years ago. osama bin laden apparently approved the plan. no word so far if threats were also made against the united states. now, to the war zone in afghanistan and pakistan. nato says an air strike killed a top al qaeda commander in northern afghanistan along its border with pakistan. the u.s. recently increased the number of drone attacks in pakistan, and this may be due in part to information on the terror plot. drone targets in pakistan include taliban and al qaeda forces and militants linked to al qaeda. and the taliban denied claims made by the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, general david petraeus, that the taliban wants, was in contact with afghan government officials about possible peace talks. there'
'll tell us why and what he's doing about it. >>> you've been telling us who your heroes are, thousands of you. now we'll reveal the top ten cnn heroes of the year for the first time right here this hour on cnn. >>> first if you want to make a republican smile, mention the year 1994. that year is midterm elections coming halfway through the first term of a democratic president, bill clinton, republicans picked up 54 house seats and 8 senate seats. more than enough to win control of both houses of congress. 16 years later, we are halfway through the first term of a democratic president, a different one now with the democratic majority in congress and republicans aren't the only ones making comparisons and predictions and promises. this morning, the house republican leadership rolled out its pledge to america. a longer and less specific version of 1994's contract with america. the setting was a lumber company in northern virginia, the key points are these. a halt to any stimulus spending that hasn't gone out yet. and a rollback of overall spending to prestimulus, prebailout levels. repeal
months ago this week, a top to bottom overhaul of u.s. health care, an overhaul that presidents dating back to teddy roosevelt have contemplated, debated, or attempted. six months ago, it was sign into law by president obama. today as you may have seen live here on cnn, the president talking about provisions of that law that come into force this week. this is the first of that health care bill. it's what the white house calls a patients' bill of rights. he's just about the only democrat who is going to use health and reform in the same sentence because the reason has to do with the calendar. we're 40 days away from the elections where every single house seat and 37 senate seats are up for grabs. voters are split to say the least. 40% of americans favor reform, 56% oppose it. there are some tricks to that poll because the 56% oppose, some oppose because it didn't go far enough. most say it's too liberal, but a sizable chunk says it doesn't go far enough. when we ask which party can handle the issue better, it's a dead heat. all of this forms a backdrop to the president's visit to a fami
was overseas. he wanted to be in the united states to do it. now, the name that he is use, cordoba house he explains in his "new york times" op-ed, it was inspired by the city in spain where muslims, christians and jews coexisted in the middle ages during a period of great cultural enrichment created by muslims. and, of course, there is nothing in this entire discussion that is free of controversy, even that statement is challenged by some people to say things weren't as good in cordoba, spain in the 1500s and 1400s, as this imam would have you believe. but you're going to hear it from him, himself, tonight on "larry king live." soledad o'brien will be interviewing him for the first time on television tonight. deborah feyerick, as well, has been following this story with great detail. if we want to know more about who this man is, how and why he got to the center of this controversy, you can hear it best from deborah. listen to this. >> reporter: you have never heard him speak. this is what imam abdul rauf has to say. >> the major theme in islam is the oneness of god. and that we should wor
export. obviously we import a lot more than we export. well, the u.s. trade deficit dropped sharply last month. again, unexpectedly. due largely to the fact that we are exporting record numbers of goods and i'll tell you about that in a second. these are two very, very important parts of our economy which indicate, well, maybe things aren't all that bad. maybe people aren't, things aren't as bad as some people will have you believe. >>> now i want to tell you about four bright spots in the economy right now. one of them, i said we're exporting a lot. one of the things we're exporting a lot of are farming products. things that we farm here in america. and largely that's because there are developing economies like brazil and china, who are buying more of what we export. in fact, china is set now to become the second-biggest buyer of things that produced on american farms. the biggest buyer, he for your information, is canada. number two, mergers and acquisitions, we've been talking about this. you may have heard about it. we don't talk about it all the that much on cnn. but companies are b
could extend 90 miles from the center. you'll look at that, chad's going to go that with us and explain why it's a dangerous storm. the issue is how fast it's moving. it's contained and it's organized. reynolds is going to tell us about that, not chad. here's a live look from kitty hawk on the state's outer banks. this is the area most likely to be affected. it's also in dare county, where officials are expanded a mandatory evacuation order. >> what we need to happen now is for the visitors to heed the warning to evacuate. ? going to be an overnight storm. which always makes it difficult, because, because it's nighttime. >> while many people are leaving, others are planning to ride out the storm. they're boarding up their homes and businesses. some folks have been stocking up on groceries. one of the fastest-selling items -- water. the high demand is leaving behind some empty shelves, so anyone who is in the path of the hurricane, start planning now. airlines also taking action, air tran, frontier, delta, continental, waiving scheduling fees for rescheduling flights. reynolds wolf as i
, regardless of what his motives are, newark, new jersey can really use the 100 million shot in the arm. newark public schools are in a lot of trouble. it is new jersey's largest school district. over 40,000 students and it was taken over by the state in 1995. the headline of today's newark star ledger says is this really the way to fix newark schools. let's bring in the editor of the editorial page. tom, i'm sorry. thank you for joining us. >> glad to be here. >> first of all, are you -- where do you stand on this issue of whether this is pr or a good thing? >> i don't think anybody in newark cares whether he is or not. this is not only 100 million, it's a challenge grant. we're hoping for 200 million. that will be a big help. >> the newspaper says, is this really the right thing. what's that to promote? >> most i'm talking to are overjoyed about this. newark at this point, spends a billion dollars a year. this will be over four years. that's $20 million a year on top of a billion. it's not revolutionary in terms of the money. more charter schools. weakening tenure performance. merit pay for g
correspondent ali velshi. >> let's talk about tax cuts for us, average americans. how does that money flow through the economy and encourage spending and hiring? this is the one everybody thinks should stay in place, the extension of tax cut to the middle class. obvious. that graphic didn't need to be complicated did it? >> no. it's clear. lot of money. if you raise my taxes, i'll have less. if you keep my tax cuts in place, i can continue to spend as i have been doing. it's not if they keep them, we will see a big change. it will be status quo. >> because we'res a using the word tax cut but we' talking about keeping taxes where they are. >> taxes are scheduled to expire but it is a tax cut relate toif what current law would have it be. >> this is the one that's absolutely in contention, the top one or two, depending on how you want to do the math, wealthy ericans. the bottom line there is the same as everybody else, you give people a tax break, they spend it. the top line, if you give wealthy people a tax break, they masave it but the middle one is where it gets interesting. maybe they'l
. at the moment, each carrier flies to 69 u.s. cities. southwest is quite a bit larger. last year southwest blew nor than 100 million passengers while airtran flew about 24 million. look at aircraft there. southwest has about 544 aircraft. airtran about 138 aircraft. the vast majority of boeing 737s making it easy to have standard maintenance. if regulators and shareholders approve this will be the third major airline consolidation in two years. united and continental are due to close their merger days from now this week becoming the largest airline in america. today that title belongs to delta, which acquired northwest in 2008. enough with the facts and figures. what about fares and fees? time to bring in my q&a partner richard quest in london. from dallas, rick seaney, the ceo of faircompare.com. richard, start with you in europe. a lot of experience with discount airlines. generally speaking the merger of two airlines means, could mean -- could mean -- higher prices. not always the case. in this case what does it mean when it's two discount airlines? >> i think the thing to remember is why so
'll throw us off the island. that's all right. we'll just camp somewhere else. >>> in virginia, the navy is also preparing, ready to move 35 ships at naval station norfolk out of harm's way if necessary. >>> and not knowing what earl will do, people like these boaters are going ahead and making plans as far north as massachusetts. another threat, rip currents. red flags posted along many beaches warning about danger. about 65 people were pulled from the water in virginia beach yesterday. a hurricane couldn't come for a worst time for business that depends on tourism dollars from the labor day weekend. some travelers are starting to cancel hotel reservations ahead of the storm. before we bring in chad myers, i want to show you this video from one of our i-reporters. earl whipped up very strong winds in saint kit's, causing some boats to wash ashore. this was yesterday in saint kits. let's do what we have to do. this is your hurricane headquarters at cnn, and when there is a hurricane, chad is our man on it. chad, what have you got? >> ali, the problem with this storm is that it's not a ca
. >>> courage in the face of illness. our own dr. sanjay gupta gives us a taste of his new series. "the human factor." an interview with michael j. fox. >>> two former top chef contestants join me here to teach you how to be a top cook in your home. >>> first, big story for you now. two young men with very different outcomes from cyber bullying. no one -- one is not commenting right now. the other one committed suicide. meet tyler clementi, a freshman at rutgers university in new jersey. his family says he died after jumping off the george washington bridge into the hudson river. two fellow students, dharun ravi and molly wei are charged with invasion of privacy after allegedly putting a camera into the 18-year-old's dorm room without his knowledge and broadcasting elements of -- broadcasting his sexual encounters. ravi, the one student who's been charged, was tyler's roommate. he's believed to have sent out this twitter post, reading, quote, roommate asked for the room till midnight. i went into molly's room and turned on my web cam. i saw him making out with a dude. yay. now meet chris arms
today, largely because it's not very useful. the white house released the president's speech yesterday so everybody could get their head around it and read it in advance. president obama doesn't always stick to the script, but we have a general sense what he'll say. as we wait for the president to begin we're going to tell you about some of the focus points of his speech. now, joining us to talk about it, we've got good people here who know a lot about education. first of all, our cnn education contributor steve perry on the left of the screen in hartford, connecticut. with me here no new york, tony mullen, teaches at-risk students. here with me. he was the 2009 teacher of the year. national teacher of the year. cnn suzanne malveaux is with the president in philadelphia and senior correspondent ed henry at the white house. let me start with steve. steve, what's your sense of what the president is going to say and what value this is going to bring to students and, of course, not just the students across the country who will hear him but their parents and teachers, more importantly? >> w
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this battle is costing the u.s. economy tons of money. >>> plus, you know rick sanchez as the outspoken host of cnn's "rick's list" but did you know he was once an impoverished refugee? i've read his book, we'll talk about it live. >>> and an electric car that goes 307 miles an hour. i know you're not interested in going that fast on the highway any time soon. but the technology behind the buckeye bullet could help build our future cars. i'll talk about that, as well. >>> but first, defending religious freedom in this country continues to be a hot issue. there is an emergency meeting under way right now in d.c. an interfaith meeting. it is a meeting to talk about this growing islamaphobia in this country. we're bringing you that in a moment. but i want to bring you back to why this is an issue. and it all goes back to the proposed construction of a mosque and islamic center near ground zero. this is the property that's being looked at. it's called park 51. that's the project. it was an old burlington coat factory. we talk about it as being -- or some people talk about it as being at ground z
, president obama putting his focus squarely back on it. he's in milwaukee. ed henry is bringing us a special edition of his daily stakeout. plus, one thing about rich sanchez. his new book, he's got some powerful messages for the nation and powerful messages about his own background, what made him the guy he is. he'll share them with us this hour. >>> and robots, cling-ones, super heroes, atlanta is being overrun by them this holiday weekend. we're going to take you inside dragon con. but first, it's labor day, and that means it's the official kickoff of the midterm election cycle. 57 days until the midterm. now, here's how it looks. there are 37 senate seats up for grabs, and there are 435 house seats up for grabs. there are also -- 37 governorships, as well. here's the situation in the senate, and in the house. basically, the republicans need to pick up 39 seats to win control of the house. and they need to win -- sorry, 39 seats to win control of the house, and 10 seats to win control of the senate. moments ago you were listening to tony talk to peter about some of this new polling that s
, as much as 70% of incomes to u.s. treasury. mid-50s, 91%. t after world jus war ii, check that out. this is is not a mistake. the nation's top income tax rate was a staggering 94%. now, right now, 2010, the goal, juice the economy without ballooning the deficit anymore than necessary. supporters the tax relief say extra income translates directly intoxtra spending. the less you earn the more likely you are to save, to uses the money that you not pay in taxes for daily expenses. taxes for the wealth hey a more round-about effect. might be have extra spending but also the possibility of more saving and investi. the investing part to lead to more hiring. especially if you invest in a start-up business. hired more people. those people spend andve a verc virtuous cycle begins. not a sure thin. republicans and some democrats want to keep the bush tax rates for everybody. president obama saysri keeping e richest 2% or 3% at current rates would ad $700 billion to the deficit. we expect to hear live from the president in just just about an hour from a backyard in irfax, virginia. somebody's
for that news conference to begin. jim, if you would, give us a sense of the scene at this hour? >> reporter: sure, here at the command center for the fire, people are apprehensive for the weather today. yesterday a firefighters called it a gift, cool and humid. today, not so lucky. dry and a real chance winds could pick up later this afternoon. they are trying to make progress and try to contain it before it happens. several subdivisions opening to areas evacuated but not burned. the real heart of the fire, people not allowed back. people are restless but authorities don't want anybody up there until they feel it's safe. >> any word on the unaccounted for and how they will search for them? >> reporter: searching is difficult because people evacuated from the canyons, staying with friends and families, staying in hotels and around the evacuated area. they are optimistic that nobody has actually been hurt and people have gone off with family and haven't checked in but it's going to be difficult. these houses that have burned, it's just the foundation that's left. >> give us a heads up when th
of the storm, dodged a bullet is what she said to us this morning. no lives lost and what seems to be only minimal damage, obviously as you can see from here, some flooding. the main road was flooded for a couple miles because of a reverse storm surge. while the threat is over in north carolina, they are boarding up in new york, especially on long island. the eastern tip of it, officials in east hampton and other parts of long island are warning beach-goers that waves could reach as high as ten feet. so they say it is best to stay away from the water until the storm passes. in massachusetts, people are also getting prepared as earl approaches. while it's expected to remain off shore, it could still bring heavy rain, high winds and coastal flooding. forecasters have reduced the hurricane warning area for parts of the state. our coverage of hurricane earl continues with brianna keilar, live in ocean city, maryland. reynolds wolf tracking the laftest on the storm. brianna, you are at ocean city. we have been watching and talking to you since early this morning. i'm -- there you are. there is
? >> they told us nothing. i mean, i don't know how anybody cannot repair a smell like that. and not find that smell. especially going to neighborhoods -- there's other neighborhoods that have smelled the same smell, really strong. >> reporter: and for how long have you smelled this? >> for a good three weeks. >> reporter: what did they tell you to do? >> when the head came out, they said shut the door and go inside the house and that was it. and you can see, what happened. it's just ridiculous. >> reporter: now, this morning pg & e did acknowledge that they're aware of this gentleman's accusations, and they say they're poring over their records to see if they were in this neighborhood. but again, ali, still there is a search going on for potential victims here. and until that work is done, pg & e says they can't get close enough to the pipe to really analyze it. >> natural gas is infused with a smell. so the idea is that people should be able to smell it. it's not the natural smell of the gas. they put that in there so when there is a leak and people describe it, the gas company should k
's the latest you have for us? >> reporter: represent oldz, winds have been picking up steadily the last few hours. here in ocean city, maryland, the worst is still ahead of us. we're awaiting those tropical storm winds. we have a little bit of rain but what we could be seeing as this system is off the coast and rotating, we're really waiting for the back end of it where we could see some really heavy rain and some winds that will have to be bracing ourselves for. this is the concern. take a look. this is the surf here, pretty rough seas and while the beach itself is not closed and people have been strolling along the beach and strolling along the boardwalk getting in a little fun before they may have to take shelter, the water is closed because of dangerous rip current conditions. no surfing, no swimming. we just talked with a lifeguard who said a lot of people are just coming out here to get a look. they're getting too close, maybe they're just wanting to get their feet wet, but there are a lot of unpredictable waves. we even saw this yesterday ourselves and they are warning people to get
started and told us we in recession before anybody else called it, with me last spring and summer when you said the recession is over. do you agree with, first of all, this? >> in april '09 we said the recession would end in the summer of '09. so we do agree with this. and we have been saying it was june or july. i totally accept the june date. why it's important is because the national bureau of economic research is an objective, using an objective methodology. we all have our feeling, we'll get to in a second, but they're use an objective scorecard for when the economy is expanding, con tragting in a recovery or recession, and it ended in june of '09. let's be clear what that means. all it means is that the economy made it into the recovery room. okay? and started a process of healing. now, anyone who a has been in that situation and made it into a recovery room knows that it still really, really, really hurts when you're in the recovery room, and we're still there. be very, very clear. that's a big part of the reason wyman on the street right now is going to say, who are these guys sayi
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